Verrucae, commonly known as warts, are a growth of the Human Papilloma (HP) Virus. The virus is contagious and survives in damp areas such as changing room floors, swimming pools and shower areas. The HP virus is contracted through damaged or weakened skin from surfaces or direct contact. Warts are more common in school aged children, possibly due to increased physical contact in activities and play between children of this age.
The virus causes rapid generation of enlarged infected skin cells. Verrucae occur on any part of the skin but usually, appear on hands and the feet. Those on non-weight bearing surface will look like small lumps. Warts can have a mosaic and spotted appearance.
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